A wildfire is what 34 year-old singer/songwriter Rachel Platten has ignited within people’s hearts around the world, and with no warning of putting out that fire any time soon, this year, Platten plans on reaching out to as many people as she can to tell them her story and infuse them with her positivity.
While we have seen a lot from her lately, a lot of people are still pretty oblivious as to whom this chick is, especially because she seemed to have popped out of the blue. Nevertheless, her bumpy road to stardom started quite a few years ago, and in recent months, that road appears to be a lot smoother.
Platten’s interest in music started developing early in her childhood. At the age of five, she started taking piano lessons and took up guitar in high school. Although she knew she could sing and played some instruments, pursuing a musical career seemed unfeasible to her until a friend of hers invited her to join his band as a backup singer at the International Soca Monarch Finals – an annual Soca music contest held in Trinidad and Tobago- and performed in front of 80,000 people.
“When I stepped on [that] stage, it was like I was struck with a blot of electricity.” Platten said. “I had that aha moment of ‘Oh God, this is what I’m supposed to do with my life.’”
Over the course of a decade she has tasted the peaks and valleys of the music industry. She’s had to pay lots of dues, but despite the struggle and setbacks, she never lost faith.
In 2003, she released her debut album Trust in Me, which she describes as a collection of demos. In 2011, she released her second production Be Here. Her single “1,000 Ships”, off of Be Here, reached #24 on the US Billboard Adult Top 40; she was slowly but surely earning a spot in the pop world. 2015 was a life-changing year for Platten; she had her breakthrough moment with the release of “Fight Song”,a song she wrote to remind herself that she needed to keep fighting for what she believed in.
“Fight Song was inspired by a lot of experiences that were hurting me and that were making me feel like maybe I didn’t have a chance in this industry,” Platten said.
January 1st, 2016 was a very special day for everyone, as it marked the beginning of a brand new year; nonetheless, for Platten, it marked a milestone in her career. Not only was she starting 2016 excited for what’s to come after a very successful 2015, but Wildfire-her major label debut album-was released worldwide under the umbrella of Colombia Records, and it entered the Billboard chart at #5 last week.
“Stand By You”, the lead single of the album, released in September 2015, has already proved to be another huge hit for the singer. It reached #5 at iTunes while receiving 12 million streams on Spotify, and the video has been viewed more than eight million times on YouTube.
Tickets for Rachel’s first headline tour, The Wildfire Tour, are on sale now. To purchase tickets and find out if she will be performing at a city near you visit www.rachelplatten.com/tour. The Tour is set to kick off February 26 in Dallas.
By Cynthia Paola Bautista